MICHEL FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) SPEEDS TO SECOND ON TOMORROW'S GRID IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD AT MONZA; HAGA FIFTH Monza (Italy) Saturday 9th May: an extremely positive day for the Italian rider Michel Fabrizio who, having registered the fastest...
MICHEL FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) SPEEDS TO SECOND ON TOMORROW'S GRID IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD AT MONZA; HAGA FIFTH
Monza (Italy) Saturday 9th May: an extremely positive day for the Italian rider Michel Fabrizio who, having registered the fastest time in every session so far, battled in this afternoon's Superpole for the pole position, only to lose out in the final minutes to Yamaha rider Ben Spies. Michel was just two tenths off the fastest time but Michel and his team are nonetheless very satisfied with today's performance and know that they have the pace necessary to be in contention for the win tomorrow. Noriyuki Haga also contributed to the excitement of the three mini-Superpole sessions by making a final exit in the last couple of minutes of the third Superpole in the hope of improving on the sixth place already obtained. An improvement was made but unfortunately a place on the first row remained just out of reach with Noriyuki achieving the fifth fastest time, on an already used qualifying tyre. The Ducati Xerox Team and riders Noriyuki and Michel have only one objective, to fight for the win in both of tomorrow's races.
In second qualifying this morning Ducati man Michel Fabrizio continued to impress, going four tenths of a second faster than the fastest time that he set yesterday and breaking the 1m45 barrier, the only rider to do so in either of this weekend's qualifying sessions. Team-mate Noriyuki qualified for Superpole in fourth.
Michel Fabrizio 1m44.2s
"It's a pity that I was unable to take the pole because we've been up there in every session until now and making the Superpole was the final step. I hoped to be the fastest but once again Spies made a great lap. Anyway we know that we have the race pace and I hope to be up there fighting together with Spies for the win tomorrow. The important thing is to start from the front row; last year I was down on the fourth row and it was so hard to make up the positions to eventually finish fourth and fifth, so being already up front tomorrow obviously gives me a strong advantage this time around."
Noriyuki Haga 1m45.0s
"We have a great package and tomorrow, even if it's going to be tough with five or six strong contenders, I intend to concentrate on taking the win. Today's Superpole? Well I'm not so worried about not being on the front row to be honest. There are tracks, like Valencia, where it's more important to start up front but Monza isn't one of those tracks and the person who starts from first can easily be down in fifth by the end of the first lap. I'm feeling confident ahead of tomorrow's races."